Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.38 ERA) and Doug Fister (5-3, 3.51 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (36-22) and the Houston Astros (28-32) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 4-3, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on RTSW and FSSW.
Darvish pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 7-3 win over the Mariners. Ian Desmond (.310, 43 Rs, 8 HRs, 37 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Fister went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking two in a 12-2 win over the Athletics in his last outing.
The Rangers are a -145 favorite for Darvish, who is making his third start of the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. The total is 9.
Pick - Tex
The Rangers hold a 20-10 record against the AL West Division this season, while the Astros have a 9-15 record against the division.
Houston has won 39% (9-14) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 65% (17-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 14-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 6-27. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Texas has hit 63 this season. Houston ranks eighth with 75 home runs.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 149 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 229.
The Rangers are 28-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 24-22 when they hit at least one homer.